Know the Difference between a Corn and Callus

Can you tell between a Zinfandel and a Merlot? How about different varieties of tulip? You have the chance to learn at Oliver Winery, whose annual floral display is blooming until mid-May. The winery says this year’s display is three times larger than ever and includes a rarely viewed Asiatic buttercup! We’re not sure what that looks like, to be honest, but we do know the differences between corns and calluses. (It’s a glamourous job, but someone has to do it.)

Corns and calluses both form from the same reasons. Extra rubbing of the foot against an object such as a shoe (or even another part of the foot) causes friction. The body responds by thickening the skin at that spot, protecting it from injury. Shoes are often to blame for this friction, but it can also be the fault of an abnormal gait or deformity.

So how do you tell a callus from a corn? A callus tends to be broad and forms along the bottom of your foot, most often just beneath your toes. They tend to not be painful, but can be in some cases.

A corn, on the other hand, tends to be smaller than a callus with better-defined edges. They are somewhat round in shape, form mostly along the tops and sides of the toes, and are more often painful when pressed against.

Regardless of whether you have a corn or a callus, you don’t want to keep it around to admire its vintage. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Powers and we can get to the source of the problem, treating both your thickened skin and its underlying cause. Call our Bloomington, IN office at (812) 333-4422.